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William J. Hynes
William J. Hynes

June 2007

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St. Norbert College president prepares to pass baton

After seven years of serving as the sixth president of the College, William J. Hynes has announced that he will pass on his leadership role to a new president at the end of June 2008.

In a letter to the college community, Hynes states, “Norbert of Xanten is an exemplar of how change leads to new possibilities. A year from now, I, too, will be changing course when I pass on my leadership role to another.

“In July 2008, I will begin a year-long sabbatical, in preparation for resuming my teaching and scholarship career in the St. Norbert College faculty. Teaching undergraduates is my first love and I am delighted to have the opportunity to engage students in the classroom once again.”

Hynes expects to complete a number of key initiatives in his final year. “I plan on a vigorous year ahead,” he said.

Patrick Kelly, the chairman of the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees, said, “The mission and heritage of the College has been at the forefront of all Bill Hynes has done as president. We as a community have been very well served by his focus.

“St. Norbert College’s academic areas are in the finest condition in recent memory with the addition of new undergraduate and graduate programs and systematic program reviews.

“The College has also seen consistent success in attracting exceptional faculty to campus.”

Kelly added, “It has been my pleasure to serve with Bill Hynes. I have learned much from him and appreciate how we as a community have benefited from his leadership. The board looks forward to working with Dr. Hynes next year.”

William J. Hynes received his B.A. in philosophy and English from Conception College, his M.A. in religious studies from Marquette University, and his M.A. in history of Christian thought and Ph.D. in history of American religious thought from the University of Chicago.

Hynes’ prior administrative experience includes serving as the academic vice president of St. Mary’s College of California (1990-2000), academic dean of the college at Regis University (1982-90) and associate dean of the college at Regis University (1980-82).

A search committee to identify the seventh president of St. Norbert College will shortly be formed.



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